11 April 2024

Eight prostate cancer support groups have been awarded grants worth nearly $35,000 to help raise awareness of the disease in their local communities.

The grants, funded by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, aim to support early detection and action on prostate cancer, Australia’s most commonly diagnosed cancer.

Spokesperson and survivor, Greg Kidd, said the funding would make a significant difference for local groups.

“Each of these groups will receive between $1,500 and $5,000 in funding to undertake targeted local campaigns and activities that help raise awareness of prostate cancer and strengthen the support available to men around the country.

“Importantly, many of the projects that will be delivered under the grant scheme will be delivered in regional areas, where men face significant barriers to accessing the services and support they need.

“Our great hope is that we can make a difference with this vital funding, helping to close the gap in prostate cancer survival for all Australian men.

“At the same time, a number of grant recipients will undertake projects to strengthen virtual support networks for men, which have become increasingly important in the post-COVID era.

“As both a survivor and Support Group Leader, I commend these groups for stepping up to take action on prostate cancer.”

PCFA CEO, Anne Savage, commended the recipients and praised their ongoing efforts to make a positive difference for men living with prostate cancer.

“Our 2024 Community Grants will support several key initiatives including public awareness displays, targeted support for rural and remote men, and information events that promote the importance of PSA testing and prostate cancer early detection,” said Ms Savage.

“Support Groups play a critical role in providing men and their families with information and assistance when prostate cancer strikes – offering the type of advice and wise counsel that only fellow survivors can provide.

“We’re tremendously proud to be affiliated with one of the few nationwide Support Group Networks that continues to bring men and their partners together in person around the country, improving survivorship outcomes for men and families impacted by the disease.

“Each of these groups is making a remarkable difference for men living with prostate cancer.”

To find a Support Group in your area, visit https://www.pcfa.org.au/support/find-a-support-group/

For information and support, go to www.prostate.org.au


Media contact:

Laura Gillett | 0468 788 609

2024 Community Grant Recipients:

Bayside-Kingstone PCSG ($1,500)
The grant will help cover the costs of car window stickers to promote prostate cancer awareness.

Box Hill PCSG ($3,900)
The grant will help create a common look and feel for the group's communications, as well as purchasing a group mobile phone to strengthen accessibility.

Dubbo PCSG ($5,000) 
The grant will help cover the costs of a Prostate Cancer Awareness Conference in Dubbo in April 2025.

Nepean-Blue Mountains PCSG ($5,000)
The grant will help cover the costs of the group's annual awareness event in September for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prosper-Darwin PCSG ($4,162.30)
The grant will help cover the costs of starting an online meeting for rural and remote prostate cancer patients and their families.

PROST! ($5,000)
The grant will help cover the costs of establishing a new venue for their established exercise program for men impacted by prostate cancer.

Shine A Light PCSG ($4,820)
The grant will allow the group to develop a website, using a third-party web developer and host.

Southsiders PCSG ($5,000)
The grant will allow the group to host awareness stalls at three major community events in WA regions.